InfoLaw Colloquium

InfoLaw Colloquium
Writing legal history in the information age - Helsinki 16 September 2019
Writing legal history in the information age - Helsinki 16 September 2019

Welcome to the colloquium

Is the information-age changing the traditional ways of thinking about the legal past? The colloquium examines this question beginning from a broad historical-theoretical premise. Seen in the longue durée it seems that legal historiography recurrently changed its focus. Nineteenth-century historiography focused on texts and legislation. And the twentieth-century turned that legacy upside down with a concern for judges, judging, and thus with language, which has been animating large sectors of legal-historical research. The time is ripe to think about the place of legal history in the 21st century: are legal historians silently shifting their focus to information? This will be the leading question which this colloquium will attempt to answer.


Date and time

Monday 16 September 2019

10:00-13:00 | 15:00-18:00


Room P545 (Board Room), Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3


Dr Adolfo Giuliani   |



Morning | 10:00 - 13:00

10:00 Welcome

10:05   What do we mean by law as information?  |  Adolfo Giuliani (Helsinki)

I. Legal history

10:30   Keynote: Legal Information in the Era of Fake News: A Return to the Golden Age of Legal Forgeries?  |  Alain Wijffels (KU Leuven, University of Leiden)         

11:00-11:15 coffee

11:15 Modern talking? Legal history as comparative law | Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki)

11:45   Futures of the past: Hermeneutics, history and the duality of legal interpretation | Kaius Tuori (Helsinki)

Panel discussion I. Expanding legal history

Pause |  13:00 - 15:00

Afternoon | 15:00 - 18:00

II. Contemporary law

15:00    Standardisation, datafication and automation of legal practices  |  Riikka Koulu (Helsinki, Faculty of Law, Legal Tech Lab)

15:30    Knowing the law  | Kimmo Nuotio (Helsinki, Faculty of Law)

16:00   Challenges and opportunities of digitalisation in legal studies: recent HSE experience   |   Dmitry Poldnikov (Higher School of Economics, Moskow, Russia)

Panel discussion II. Expanding legal science

16:30 coffee  


III. Legal-historical texts

16:45   Legal traditions as carriers of information. The case of Hindu law   |  Richa Mulchandani (Gujarat National Law University, India)

17:15   Are we looking at ancient texts differently today?  |  Alessandra Panzanelli (Department of Historical Studies, Turin University, Italy)  

17:45   Panel discussion III. Expanding legal texts

18:15 Apéro (drinks and friends)

19:15 Dinner


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 753427.